Updated: Nov 2
Have you ever wondered if your heartbeat is always regular? Is your heart sometimes racing or beating hard even though you haven’t exerted yourself?
You might have arrhythmia or heart palpitations.
But if you don’t have them consistently, then it can be difficult for your doctor to identify them with routine examinations.
What do heart palpitations feel like?
- Panic attacks or feelings of anxiety
- Racing heart when you haven’t been exerting yourself
- Beating too fast
- Beating heart keeping you awake at night
- Pounding/galloping heart
What are signs of arrhythmia?
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness or fainting
- Missed/skipped heartbeats
- Irregular heartbeat
- Heart beats too fast or too slow
- Fluttering in your chest
- Chest pain
Have you ever wondered why you sometimes have these symptoms?
Mast cells are found in heart tissue. Once histamine is released from mast cells, it can trigger arrhythmia (1).
If you have Histamine Intolerance, then eating foods high in histamine can trigger these symptoms.
If you have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, then your mast cells can be activated to release mediators by a variety of triggers such as foods, stress, mold, toxins… (We’ll be talking about these triggers early next year!)
Our Maven Tracey gets a pounding heart at night that keeps her from sleeping if she eats beef at dinner. Our Maven Luka has her heart start to race when the stress of speaking in public starts to get at her.
What is your heartbeat telling you?
Start here. Try our Tracking Worksheet to see if higher histamine foods are triggering any of the symptoms associated with palpitations or arrythmia. You'll find it on our Resources Page, available for free download.
Medications and stimulants such as alcohol, caffeine or chocolate can trigger symptoms of arrhythmia and palpitations, so always rule these out first.
Arrhythmia can be the sign of more serious disorders. Always consult your healthcare provider if you are experiencing symptoms: it's important to figure out what's at the root of things.
Your heart health is a serious matter!
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